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Harris Will Be KI Scholar-in-Residence in June

Keneseth Israel invites the entire Jewish community to be part of its annual Scholar-in Residence weekend, June 3, 4 and 5. Rabbi Robert Harris will be the featured scholar for a weekend of learning and discussion.

Harris calls himself “A Man of Today Shaped By Jewish History and Study.” He holds an associate professorship at the Jewish Theological Seminary and visiting scholar status at the Hebrew and Russian State Universities.

The weekend program starts Friday at 5:30 p.m. with an hors d’oeuvre reception and a musical kabbalat Shabbat to be followed by a full course dinner. Rabbi Harris will relate his own Jewish journey. The dinner is $15 per person. Your check is your reservation. RSVP by Friday, May 27.

On Saturday morning, June 4, the regular service begins at 9:30. It will include his sermon on “The Word Barukh: What’s In A Blessing?” Immediately after the service will be a kiddush lunch and study. Rabbi Harris’ dual topics will be “Contextuality and Spirituality in the Study of Torah” and “Jewish and Christian Processes and Perspectives.”

The weekend comes to an end Sunday morning with an 8:30 Shacharit service and 9:15 breakfast. The final study topic will be “Did Moses Write the Torah?”

Keneseth Israel’s Annual Scholar-in-Residence Program is sponsored and endowed by the Dave and Reva Kahn Fund For Jewish Learning.

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